Dodsworth History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the Dodsworth name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the township of Dodworth, in the parish of Silkstone in Yorkshire.

Early Origins of the Dodsworth family

The surname Dodsworth was first found in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire at Dodworth, a township, in the parish of Silkstone, wapentake of Staincross. [1]

Today Dodworth is South Yorkshire and is a village in the metropolitan borough of Barnsley. The Domesday Book of 1086 lists the place name as Dodesuu(o)rde and literally meant "enclosure of a man called Dod(d) or Dod(d)a," from the Old English personal name + "worth." [2]

The first record of the family was Lefode de Dodesuurda who was listed in the Inquisitio Eliensis (included in the Domesday Book as lands of Ely Abbey) in 1086.

Years later, Adam de Dodworth was listed in the Feet of Fines of Yorkshire in 1375. [3] The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Walterus de Dodworth; and Willelmus de Dodword. [4]

Early History of the Dodsworth family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dodsworth research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1544, 1631, 1593, 1585, 1654, 1585, 1599, 1629 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Dodsworth History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dodsworth Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dodsworth include Dodsworth, Dodworth and others.

Early Notables of the Dodsworth family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Matthew Dodsworth (c.1544-1631), an English judge and sometime before 1593, appointed as Judge of the Admiralty Court in England's Northern Counties. Roger Dodsworth (1585-1654), was an English antiquary and son of Matthew Dodsworth, registrar of York Cathedral, was born at Newton Grange, Oswaldkirk, Yorkshire, in the house of his maternal grandfather, Ralph Sandwith. "The date, according to his own account, was 24 July...
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United States Dodsworth migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dodsworth or a variant listed above:

Dodsworth Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Dodsworth who settled in Barbados in 1671
  • John Dodsworth, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [5]
Dodsworth Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Dodsworth, who settled in Maryland in 1775
Dodsworth Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • M. Dodsworth, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852

New Zealand Dodsworth migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dodsworth Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Dodsworth, aged 23, a cabinet maker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Caroline Dodsworth, aged 24, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Caroline Dodsworth, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • Emily Dodsworth, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874
  • William Dodsworth, aged 22, a baker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Golden Sea" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Dodsworth (post 1700) +

  • William Dodsworth (1798-1861), English Catholic writer who received his education at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated B.A. in 1820, M.A. in 1823
  • John George Dodsworth (1907-1996), English professional footballer
  • Geoffrey Hugh Dodsworth (1928-2018), British merchant banker and British Conservative Party politician from York, Yorkshire
  • Graham Dodsworth, Australian folklorist

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Joseph S Dodsworth, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [6]


The Dodsworth Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro lege senatuque rege
Motto Translation: For King and the law


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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